WATCH: The gentle way this man wakes up his deaf and blind dog

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Aiden and his dog Plum (Photo: Instagram/@aiden_m365)
Aiden and his dog Plum (Photo: Instagram/@aiden_m365)

When Aiden Mann from Nashville in the US decided to adopt an Australian shepherd dog, Plum, he knew wanted to give her the perfect home, New York Post reports.

The 25-year-old decided to adopt the blind and deaf pooch after a colleague of his, who was fostering her, brought her to work. Although he already had a dog, Lola, he wanted to adopt Plum too and provide for her special needs.

“I did know that I loved her and wanted to give her a good life,” he explained.

Aiden admitted that at first he struggled with waking Plum up from a nap, even after he tried placing dog treats under her nose and slightly touching her, which just left her disorientated, The Mirror reports.

“I definitely didn’t know what I was getting myself into,” he said. 

After several attempts, Aiden developed a suitable way to wake Plum up without startling her.

Taking to his TikTok account, Aiden shared with his followers an adorable clip of the ingenious way he wakes Plum up from a nap without touching her.

In the shared clip Plum can be seen napping on the floor when Aiden goes down to her level and gently blows air into her face.

“I slightly blow on her,” the captions in the video read. “She still gets startled until she feels me. Then she wants all the love.”

 

The clip has since gone viral and received more than 13 million likes on TikTok.

Now that Plum has amassed a following, Aiden hopes to raise awareness on her condition known as double merle breeding.

Certain breeds of dog have what’s known as a merle coat pattern, which is caused by a gene. If two merle dogs mate, their pups could become double merles. These dogs usually have little colour in their coat and could have various health issues.

These include hearing and vision defects, Pet Helpful reported.

(Sources: Pet Helpful, New York Post, Mirror, TikTok)

 

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